From Birmingham to the Big Apple

When Megan and I started seminary many years ago one of the things we longed for in ministry was to serve in a place where Christians and the Gospel are hard to find. Six weeks ago my family and I moved from a city where Christians are plentiful (Birmingham, AL) to a city Christians are an oddity (New York, NY). Why on earth would we move to a tiny apartment in NYC with three children 4 years old and under!? Well, here in New York there are nearly 1 million college students and fewer than 5% of them have any meaningful connection to Jesus and his church. The RUF ministry here, called City Campus, is a city-wide ministry seeking to reach these students with the Good News of the risen Jesus.

In the short time we’ve been here I’ve noticed that students here feel immense pressure to be extraordinary. Most of them came from communities where they were exceptional, but when they arrived in New York they realized there are thousands of other people just as talented and gifted as them in their area of expertise. For many students here, RUF City Campus has become a different kind of community, a community where they are not defined by what they achieve but by what Jesus has achieved on their behalf. This frees them to be honest about their weaknesses without fear and celebrate their successes without self-promotion. I am thrilled to begin leading this ministry and walking with these students as we learn together how to rest in Jesus more fully every day.

Matthew Terrell, Campus Minister at City Campus (NYC)
July 21, 2016
Northeast@ruf.org • 610-691-0988 • 631 Fourth Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018